Poitou-Charentes

What to do in Talmont-sur-Gironde, Charente-Maritime

Written by on February 28, 2020 in Poitou-Charentes
What to do in Talmont-sur-Gironde, Charente-Maritime

The village of Talmont-sur-Gironde in Charente-Maritime was founded in 1284 by Edward I, AKA Edward Longshanks, ruler of Aquitaine and King of England (1272-1307). He chose the land on a rocky promontory overlooking the Gironde Estuary, 15km south of Royan, in order to build a fortified town in the strategic location. The King wasn’t the […]

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Ten things to do in Saintes, Poitou Charentes

Written by on February 10, 2020 in Poitou-Charentes
Ten things to do in Saintes, Poitou Charentes

Saintes in the department of Charente-Maritime, Nouvelle Aquitaine (formerly Poitou-Charentes) is a surprising city. Not that well known to visitors or even to the French, it’s home to one of the best preserved Roman amphitheatres in France and is a musical town par excellence. There’s plenty to see and do but here are some of […]

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5 things to do in Cognac, Charente

Written by on February 6, 2020 in Poitou-Charentes
5 things to do in Cognac, Charente

Cognac is a smallish city, easy to walk around to see the sites, and with plenty to do – especially if you’re a fan of Cognac the drink! Le Musee des Arts du Cognac If you want to know about cognac the drink as well as the region, the Museum of the Arts of Cognac […]

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Guide to Cognac, Charente

Written by on September 19, 2019 in Poitou-Charentes
Guide to Cognac, Charente

The town of Cognac in the Charente department, south west France makes for a great visit. Especially if you love cognac… And historic towns, gorgeous countryside, sitting at cafés and watching the world go by. Guide to Cognac The name cognac is famous the world over for the fine French brandy made from white wine […]

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What to see and do in Royan Charente-Maritime

Written by on September 8, 2019 in Poitou-Charentes
What to see and do in Royan Charente-Maritime

Royan in the south west of France, in Charente-Maritime, is a classified “Ville d’Art et d’Histoire”. This holiday resort combines the old world charm of the Belle Epoque with modern architecture, a buzzing port and sea front and plenty to see and do in the town and close by. Here’s what to see and do […]

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Ten top things to do in Rochefort

Written by on August 29, 2019 in Poitou-Charentes
Ten top things to do in Rochefort

Rochefort in the department of Charente-Maritime, Nouvelle-Aquitaine (formerly Poitou-Charentes) is a naval town with lots for visitors to see and do. The Arsenal Quarter Louis XIV’s former Royal Dockyards along the River Charente are vast. Created in the 1660s, over the next three centuries, 550 ships were built, rigged and launched from these docks. The […]

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Top ten things to do in Ile de Ré

Written by on August 1, 2019 in Poitou-Charentes
Top ten things to do in Ile de Ré

Small enough to drive from one end to the other in around 30 minutes, Ile de Ré has an intimacy that’s alluring but never leaves you feeling restricted. Despite its size, the landscape appears to unfold for miles. Expect fields of flowers, vineyards, salt marshes and the most glorious coastline plus the prettiest little villages. […]

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10 best things to do in La Rochelle

Written by on July 24, 2019 in Poitou-Charentes
10 best things to do in La Rochelle

La Rochelle is a historic port town in the west of France, off the Atlantic coast in the department of Charente-Maritime. It’s the perfect little city for a weekend break and a great base from which to explore the area. Rich in culture, architecture and gastronomy, there’s loads to see and do here… Top things […]

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Where to eat out in La Rochelle

Written by on July 24, 2019 in Poitou-Charentes
Where to eat out in La Rochelle

For a small city, La Rochelle packs a mighty gastronomic punch. The streets are filled with bars and bistros, cafés and restaurants spilling out onto cobbled streets and lining pretty squares. Most visitors head for the old Port, Vieux Port, and who can blame them. The restaurants here have fabulous views over the port and […]

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What to see and do in Saintes, Charente-Maritime

Written by on May 26, 2019 in Poitou-Charentes
What to see and do in Saintes, Charente-Maritime

Saintes in the Charente-Maritime department, Nouvelle Aquitaine (formerly Poitou-Charentes) has been a market town since time immemorial. The Romans called it Mediolanum Santorum – the Market Town of the Santones people. If the Romans returned today, they’d certainly recognise some of the buildings. And, they’d surely appreciate the truly spectacular market that still takes place […]

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